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Bethnal Green eye-sore nominated for Carbuncle Prize for ugly buildings

PUBLISHED: 09:36 23 August 2013 | UPDATED: 09:44 23 August 2013

Avant Garde in Bethnal Green has been nominated for th Carbuncle Cup 2013. Picture: Building Design/Andrea Klettner

Avant Garde in Bethnal Green has been nominated for th Carbuncle Cup 2013. Picture: Building Design/Andrea Klettner

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A tower block in east London has been nominated for a prize for the ugliest new building in the country.

Designers were left red-faced when Avant Garde, in Bethnal Green, was announced as one of six buildings shortlisted for the 2013 Carbuncle Cup – architecture’s equivalent to the wooden spoon.

The flat block was described by those who nominated it as a “characterless lump that is totally out of scale to the buildings around it.”

But the Bethnal Green Road building is by no means the only London eye sore built in trhe past year to be panned by critics.

Of the six strong shortlist, half of the constructions are located in the capital.

Others include a student hall of residence in Islington and a budget hotel in Lambeth.

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